Congratulations to Dr Abdullahi Yusuf, a senior lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, on his appointment as a Humboldt Ambassador Scientist by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for a period of three years. Humboldt Ambassador Scientists support the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation by disseminating information on the Foundation’s sponsorship programmes whilst also acting in an advisory capacity. This is an honorary appointment and Ambassador Scientists use their research networks to disseminate information about Germany as a research location for young researchers to visit as well as about the Foundation’s sponsorship programmes and international network.